NZZ, newspaper’s German language article on Cairo, the slums, new developments, future visions, AKDN roll in Al-azhar park and the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar project etc…

Die Wüste lebt Kairos Stadtplaner suchen nach Auswegen aus Armut und Überbevölkerung Futuristische Metropole – nach den Vorstellungen des Kairoer Architekturbüros Cube soll im Jahr 2050 eine Prachtsallee zu den Pyramiden führen. (Bild: PD)   Enge, Lärm und Verkehr prägen Ägyptens Hauptstadt seit Jahrzehnten. Die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung lebt mittlerweile in spontan errichteten Siedlungen am Stadtrand….

Calgary mayor wants all cities to succeed – The Star com News

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi rides the TTC on the way to a meeting during his whirlwind tour of Toronto. RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR Naheed Nenshi runs down the stairs at Union Station, rushing to catch the subway to get to yet another interview. “snip” Educated at the University of Calgary and Harvard University, Nenshi is engaging…

Germany: Michael Steiner explains why our commtiment is still needed in Afghanistan

In an article in the Magazin für Europa und Internationales, Michael Steiner looks at the objectives of the Afghanistan mission. The top priorities are to achieve adequate stability and to ensure that fundamental human rights are respected, he says. “Girls must be allowed to go to school,” stresses the German government’s Special Representative for Afghanistan…

Speech by the Minister of Culture and Communication, M. Frédéric Mitterrand during the Presentation of decorations to His Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Please also see: General News et Discours en français in AKDN ***** Prince Amyn Aga Khan, France’s Minister for Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand and His Highness the Aga Khan at the ceremony in Paris where the Aga Khan and his brother Prince Amyn were recognised for their contributions to culture. Photo: Farida Bréchemier / MCC Your…

Afghanistan: About 3000 Ghazni residents get new water supply network

  Ghazni PRT Earlier in the week, the second phase of a major development project concluded where a water supply network was expanded in the southern part of Ghazni city. The work was managed by the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). According to a NATO news release today, “almost 8 kilometers of pipeline and necessary…

Global faith-based aid alliance says a billion hungry wrong – EKD news

Geneva (ENI). The head of a worldwide faith-based humanitarian and development alliance has said his organization needs to take a more vocal stance on global inequalities. “We are fired up and motivated to challenge political figures, big business and the vested interests of the world’s richest nations,” ACT Alliance general secretary John Nduna said at…

Instrument of change

Source: The National The musician Homayun Sakhi, will perform on Thursday at the Manarat al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Aga Khan Music Initiative The musical heritage of Afghanistan is finding new voices with the help of an ambitious global social development initiative. One of the largest Afghan populations outside Afghanistan is located in Fremont,…

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink! – Sourav Roy com

Why are we scared of drinking water? Everytime, when we travel, why are we afraid to drink water from railway station filters? Why do we so often come across shouts of “Don’t drink that water!” ringing in our ears? And we take the advice seriously- we pledge our loyalty to bottled water, we distrust the…

Change in the Making: a Journey in Afghanistan – AKFC

In 2009, Canadian journalist Richard Phinney travelled back to Afghanistan after several years away. Instead of finding the poppies, guns, and violence he remembered, Phinney found new water pipes born out of community cooperation, ‘social audits’ demonstrating democracy at its best, and girls dreaming of becoming doctors and teachers. Change in the Making: a Journey…

SYRIA: Ray of hope for drought-affected farmers – Irin News Org

Photo: Stephen Starr/IRIN Severely affected by drought DAMASCUS, 11 April 2010 (IRIN) – While severe drought in eastern and northeastern Syria is seriously affecting lives and livelihoods, farmers may draw some hope and comfort from an irrigation success story in the central district of Salamieh. An experimental drip irrigation project run by the Aga Khan…

Aga Khan role in Kenya wins praise

His Highness the Aga Khan with Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki at a past function. His Highness the Aga Khan is in Nairobi to mark the Nation Media Group’s 50th anniversary. Photo/FILE By AFRICA REVIEW Writer In Summary The Aga Khan is in Kenya for the Nation Media Group’s 50th anniversary Aga Khan Development Network runs several…

India: An incredible journey: Basti to heritage guide

By: Richi Verma NEW DELHI: Eighteen-year-old Moninuddin was born and brought up in Basti Nizamuddin. But it’s been just 18 months since he learnt about the area’s historical and cultural sigificance. Moninuddin is one of 15 teenagers from the Basti who have been trained to impart local knowledge as tourist guides. After nearly two years…

India: Jashn-e-Khusrau: Sufi fest brings visitors to ignored monument

Sweta Dutta The ongoing ten-day cultural festival, Jashn-e-Khusrau, comes with an added objective this year — to bring the lesser-known monuments of the Capital to the fore as performance venues. Against the backdrop of the Chaunsath Khamba, the qawwali performances that are the highlight of the event have successfully brought this 17th-Century Mughal-era monument out…

Indian Express: ASI Sufi fest finds way into city’s cultural calendar…//… AKTC: Jashn e Khusrau, A Festival of Poetry and Music as Part of Delhi Urban Renewal Rrogramme

Last week, director-designer-writer Muzaffar Ali wowed the Delhi audience with his brainchild, Jahan-e-Khusrau — a three-day festival to commemorate the death anniversary of Sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusrau. Now, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in collaboration with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Central Public Works Department and the MCD brings its first ever heritage…